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Danone North America earns B Certification

BY DSN STAFF

Danone North America, the parent company of such brands as Dannon, Danimals, Silk, Horizon Organic, Veg and So Delicious, has become a Certified B Corporation.

This B Certification reflects the White Plains, N.Y.-based company’s commitment to conducting business in a way that meets rigorous standards of verified performance, transparency and accountability, it said. Companies must complete the B Impact Assessment and earn an audited minimum score of 80 out of 200 possible points to achieve this certification, with the aim of improving every two years.

“People rightly expect large organizations like Danone to use their scale for positive impact while demanding transparency, authenticity and action. It’s time to make sustainable business the only way of doing business,” Emmanuel Faber, Danone chairman and CEO, said. “I’m incredibly honored by our teams in North America, whose ability to achieve B Corp Certification in just one year is not only commendable but will also help serve as a model of what’s possible to other Danone subsidiaries and other large companies. Representing around 20% of our global business, Danone North America’s B Corp Certification is an important milestone in our global company’s broader B Corp journey and a fundamental step towards realizing our Danone, One Planet. One Health vision.”

Previously known as DanoneWave, based company’s new name reflects the merger between Danone U.S. dairy and WhiteWave. As it celebrates this certification, it also is commemorating its first anniversary under this new name.

“We are incredibly proud to officially join the B Corp. movement today as Danone North America. Our new name better positions us as part of Danone, a forward-looking and unified global food and beverage company that demonstrates business success can be synonymous with building a healthier world through food,” Mariano Lozano, CEO of Danone North America, said. “This designation demonstrates to employees, consumers, partners, retailers, society and governments that we are committed to continuous improvement as we work to bring the company’s One Planet. One Health vision to life through our business and brands.”

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